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Youth Ministry

A welcoming community for middle and high school students

“I come because it’s different from other groups I belong to. It doesn’t matter what you are at school; here you can be more like you. It’s fun to be together with friends and do the trips, but sometimes there is something more. I can’t quite describe it, but that something more is why I keep coming back.”
– a First Church youth

FUMC Youth Ministry

The FUMC Youth Ministry engages all middle and high school students in a supportive, welcoming community that invites young people to grow in a life-long relationship with Christ and each other through service, worship, and fun.

Upcoming Events

Bridge the transition time of being a tween

Epiphany Party! Celebrate Jesus’ Birthday!

Sunday, January 8
10:00-10:45AM
FLC Great Hall
Crowns and camels and cupcakes, oh my! You are invited to a birthday party for Jesus! Decorate your own festive treat and participate in the Epiphany fun as we ring in the new year together. Children and youth will not have regular Sunday School classes, so bring the whole family. We will tell the story of the wise ones who brought Jesus his first gifts. Want to bring a birthday present for Jesus, too? We are collecting diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6 to donate to the Austin Diaper Bank. Bring yours to add to the party. You can also sign up to bring breakfast food items or bake Epiphany cupcakes.

Social justice film series debuts this spring

Film Series: Listen. Learn. Laugh. Love.

Sunday, January 15
4:30-7:00PM
Stotts Dining Hall at Austin Seminary
100 East 27th Street
Movies can help capture our imaginations, pique our curiosity, and start conversations about injustice. In The Best of Enemies, civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C. P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina, over the issue of school integration. Join us for this film, kicking off the first in our spring film series, Listen. Learn. Laugh. Love., and follow our viewing with a short conversation. This event is jointly sponsored by First UMC, St. Luke UMC, Westlake UMC, and in partnership with Education Beyond the Walls of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The movie is free and rated PG-13.

Join high school youth for Spring retreat in the hill country.

MLK Day Community March

Monday, January 16
The annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. Join FUMC member Cindy Walter at 9:00AM with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus and march from there or grab a breakfast taco in the Family Life Center at 9:30AM before joining the rally on the south steps of the State Capitol and then march on to Huston-Tillotson University for the Community Festival where exciting festivities are planned.

Putt your heart into a night of mini-golf at local business

Wonderfully Made: Preteen Human Sexuality Workshop

January 27-28, 2023
Family Life Center
Wonderfully Made is a weekend workshop that offers you and your young person opportunities to learn, grow, and celebrate that we are all created by God, in all our many facets—including human sexuality—and God calls us good. God also calls us to responsible living as sexual beings. The weekend’s sessions include facilitated conversation for preteens (ages 10-12) and their parents about adolescent physical and spiritual growth. Preteens may invite friends, but all participants must commit to attend all sessions throughout the weekend and at least one parent/guardian is required to attend both sessions for caregiving adults. Spaces are limited, so register soon at fumcaustin.org/wonderfully-made. The deadline for registration is January 13 and the cost is $50/participant.

Join high school youth for Spring retreat in the hill country.

Get Fired Up for the High School Retreat

February 17-19
Mo Ranch
2229 FM 1340, Hunt, TX
All high school youth are invited to the hill country where we will hike, kayak, run wild, eat s’mores, and share time together. The cost is $150 per person. Sign up now, and don’t be afraid to rope your friends into the fun, too! In fact, want to make things interesting? The student who recruits the most new friends (other high schoolers who don’t currently attend youth) will have their trip fees refunded and can enjoy the fun for free!

Sunday Schedule

Sunday School

Join us Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to wake up with fellowship, study, and donuts! We will gather for music and announcements, then split into middle school and high school groups to awaken to God’s word.

6th-8th grades meet in Room 202 in the Family Life Center
9-12th grades meet in Room 203 in the Family Life Center

 

Engage – Sunday Evenings

Engage is taking a little break for the summer, but once school starts, come Sunday nights to dig deeper through fellowship, study, and prayer. We will engage our whole selves in discussion, prayer, and worship…plus a whole lot of fun! Engage meets on Sunday nights weekly throughout the school year from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. 

Connect Self, Community, God

Our Tweens (5th, 6th, and 7th graders) are invited to join us as we build relationships, serve, and help youth connect to one another and with God during the transitional pre-teen years. Connect will meet periodically on Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

Confirmation

Our 8th, 9th, and 10th graders are invited to take the next step in their faith journey. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in Baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. Confirmands are asked to remember their Baptism, so we ask each of our participants to have been baptized prior to completing Confirmation. Confirmands will complete their Confirmation by being asked to take the same vows of membership in The United Methodist Church and our local congregation that all who join are asked.